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Travel Blogs from Sahinbey
... treasures and sites and has displaced many villagers as their villages disappear under water. We took a short cruise on the Eurphrates today and saw parts of one village that is partly underwater. The entire mosque in this town had disappeared under the water and all you could see was part of the minaret sticking out of the river. The government has built the villagers new houses on higher ground and new villages are coming to life. ...
... of Gazientep - don't believe them when they say the mosaic museum is open - there are press releases reporting it open in 2009, 2010 and for sure, for sure, open as of the first week of June 2011.....just another lie. It is not open and has no opening date set....ahhhhh......Turkey!!!!!
Jan's take on Gazientep: the pictures are mine.
Deb & I were at a bit of a loss for what to see and do after Cappadocia. I ...
... 25% of the nation's power needs. Needless to say Syria & Iraq are not happy but they both have other distractions for the meantime.
After many kms we turned N off the freeway and eventually came upon the rim of a serious canyon, then saw that it was half filled with green water thanks to yet another dam. Below, tiny Halfeti was half submerged but trying to keep its town alive under the new regime brought by the Birecik Dam. We went down ...
... sites, the power of it's geography, and simply being able to walk thru places that are thousands of years old.... so compelling. But what really stunned me was being in crowds of THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of tourists, like some kind of east/west woodstock for camera-wielding culture-vultures. I only lasted 2 days. Then an all night sleeper train to Konya, for which I splurged and dropped an extra $20 for my OWN sleeping compartment! First time for that, and it won't ...
.... next to the heater. Erwin and Betty joined me.
we drove around 7 hrs. to Gaziantep near the Syrian border in
preparation for our crossing into Syria. Right after lunch Erwin got a
call that the British government had put out a travel advisory for Syria
and Explore was canceling our travel to Syria. We were in the dark
awhile about what would happen next as ...